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Harbor Cruise For Hart Cats
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The Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART), an adoption center and shelter for cats and kittens located in Cumberland on the corner of Rt. 100 and Range Rd., has announced a fundraising event, The Harbor Cruise for HART.  The cruise will be aboard the Casco Bay Lines Bay Mist on Saturday, September 10th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  “The Harbor Cruise for HART will be a fun event with great music, door prizes, and a cash bar.  HART is looking for fun, new ways to raise money for the all-volunteer, no-kill cat shelter.  What could be better than spending a fun evening out on beautiful Casco Bay with friends, while at the same time helping the cats and kittens that HART takes such good care of? ” said Marcia Carr, volunteer.  Information can be found at www.hartofme.com. Tickets are available on the HART website, as well as by e-mailing Jackie Broaddus at: catlova73@aol.com.
“The economy continues to have an impact on the ability of people to care for their pets.  So many people need to surrender their pets because they are losing their homes or apartments, and also many that cannot afford to spay or neuter their cats, resulting in an overabundance of kittens and strays.  Also, the aging population transitioning into assisted living or passing away is creating more of a community need for shelter assistance.  A fundraising event like this is very important as it helps pay for increasingly large veterinary costs and ongoing expenses like food and litter,” according to Sarah McNamara, Board President.  The shelter is an open environment without cages.  It has climbing structures which allows the cats the freedom to play, run around, climb, nest, and hide, as well as form bonds with one another.  All the cats are tested , vaccinated, and spayed or neutered.
HART provides refuge, comfort, and medical attention to cats and kittens that have been surrendered, abandoned, injured, or abused, and finds loving homes to adopt them.  Typically, the adoption center handles over 800 adoptions in a year and takes in about that many cats.  Sarah McNamara says, “Adoptions have been down this past year due to the economy, while requests for surrenders has increased.”  HART is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation licensed by the State of Maine and receives no public funding and is supported entirely by individual donors, foundations, and businesses.  
The Homeless Animal Rescue Team is located just outside of Portland in Cumberland.  FMI go to www.hartofme.com, or call 829-4116.


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